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Individual pursuit graphs

Activity idea

In this activity, students analyse graphs of speed, force and power for Alison Shanks, one of New Zealand’s world champion cyclists, in the women’s 3,000 metre individual pursuit track cycling event.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • describe motion based on information from a speed versus time graph
  • use a graph to estimate acceleration and distance travelled
  • use graphs of speed and force to estimate aerodynamic drag.

Download the Word file (see link above) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student worksheets.


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